residue

noun
res·i·due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü , -ˌdyü \

Definition of residue 

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as

a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests

b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5

c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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The closure left behind an economic hole in St. Paul, and a formidable environmental challenge: The site was laced with residue from decades of automaking—petroleum compounds, paint solvents, lead, and arsenic. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 Last but not least is a cult-favorite: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20; sephora.com) won't leave you with the white residue that some dry shampoos do. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "These Are the Beauty Products January Jones Uses Every Single Day," 14 June 2018 Hemi, who will turn 9 on June 22, quickly sniffed and scorned several cans until plopping down in front of one that had explosive residue inside. Washington Post, "The winners (by a nose) in top US sniffer dogs competition," 29 May 2018 His passenger, a 24-year-old Pearland woman, also had marijuana residue and ashes on her clothing as well as a marijuana pipe in her purse, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood: Narcotics arrests top police report," 29 Mar. 2018 One of the crania still had some brain residues clinging to the inside, which suggests the brain was in there during secondary burial. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "8,000-year-old heads on spikes found in Swedish lake," 22 Feb. 2018 Whether an essential oil has pesticide residues has a lot to do with the way it was produced. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Should You Splurge On Organic Essential Oils—Or Are Conventional Just As Safe?," 27 June 2017 In the private screening room with a female TSA officer and a supervisory officer, one of the women swabbed Pellegrino’s shirt for explosives residue and left to test it. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 Accumulation of food debris/soil residue on paper towel and/or soap dispenser. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Roaches in oven, sewage on floor, flies in the fries. These restaurants are in trouble," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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residue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed

: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·i·due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü , -ˌdyü \

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·i·due | \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü \

Medical Definition of residue 

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·i·due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü \

Legal Definition of residue 

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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